The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, supports state, local, territorial, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime by creating a training and technical assistance program that assesses and confronts violence in schools.
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The program provides funding to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through training and technical assistance, demonstration projects, and implementation of promising practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.
Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
NEW YORK—Criminal justice and mental health experts gather to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The CSG Justice Center, with the support of BJA, has convened more than 400 practitioners, researchers, and public officials to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
As the new year kicks off, so does the design for Burien’s version of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a program that brings police, prosecutors and case managers together to move nonviolent, low-level offenders away from the criminal justice system and toward stability.
Despite major legal and policy developments on behalf of crime victims since the landmark passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984, U.S. federal data collection efforts illustrate that significant gaps in access to and use of services persist for the majority of people touched by crime—including law enforcement–based victim assistance.
“Every act of violence is precipitated by another act of violence,” said Hasshan Batts, the director of operations for Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley. “So if someone is a survivor of a violent act, we would like to talk to them. We want to have crisis workers available 24-7.”